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Rabbit Island, Tasman

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Rabbit IslandBeginner

Submitted by Stu Houston

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Tasman and Nelson


Urban fringe


Totally/mostly flat

Plantation/exotic forest


2:00 (Slow)
1:00 (Moderate)
0:45 (Fast)



Parts of track maybe closed due to logging operations but usually a detour is put in place. Island may also close due to high fire risk. Island access gate is closed during hours of darkness daily.

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This is a great flat run close to Nelson and Richmond and Rabbit Island has plenty of scope to cut your distance down or up as tracks criss-cross through the production Pine Forest.

Drive out to the front Beach and park at the most Western carpark where you will see the Interpretation panels for the Great Taste Trail. Don't start your run close to sunset as the access gate is locked at sunset every day. You can also run around the island from Mapua as there is a ferry service across to the Island - check their website for a timetable.

From the carpark follow the Great Taste Trail West (anticlockwise around the island) until you reach the ferry landing opposite Mapua, then carry on around the well marked trail around the circumference of the island back to relink into the Great Taste Trail and back to your car. There are mountain bike trails that go off the track at different points that allow you to lengthen or shorten your run. Take a nice dip in the sea after your run.

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Features of interest

Nice mix of coastal beach and pine plantation running and great views of Mapua and Waimea Inlet.

Make Up of Run

Easy Single Track: 50%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 50%

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  • Access

    Start is located at the Western end of the front beach

    Plenty of parking along front beach. No public transport; area is popular and generally safe.

    16 km

    20 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Keep the sea or Ken Beck drive on your right and you can't go wrong. If lost just head for the sea.

    Generally good.

    Windproof jacket, Cellphone, Map.

    Bring your own water. DON'T drink from any fire ponds as the water is toxic

    Good all year

    There are Bio hazard areas on island - don't enter these areas if marked.

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